Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blog tour: Take The Fall by Marquita Valentine

Take the Fall
Take the Fall # 1 
By: Marquita Valentine
Releasing July 21, 2015

Fans of Abbi Glines and Katy Evans will adore Take the Fall, the first spinoff novel from Marquita Valentine’s New York Times bestselling Boys of the South series. In this emotional new romance, passions run hot as a rugged, brooding Marine rekindles an old flame.

As a teenager, Seth O’Connor went to jail for a crime he had nothing to do with. He took the fall to protect the girl he loved, but the cruel realities of prison hardened him. After doing his time, Seth shuts her out and enlists in the Marines—until his grandmother’s funeral forces him to come home and face Rowan Simmons once again. The woman she’s become puts all his high-school memories to shame, and Seth wants her more than ever. Can he be honest about why he denied her for so long?

After Seth pushed her away, Rowan swore that no man would ever hurt her again. But the boy who broke her heart has become a sexy Marine, capable of fulfilling her every desire—and now that he’s back in town, old feelings are simmering to a boil. Rowan wants to stay strong, even as her body surrenders to his expert touch. She only hopes that by taking him back, she can finally help heal the wounds that drove them apart.

Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series, having sold more than a quarter of a million books around the world. She’s been called “one of the best new voices in romance” (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been praised as “sexy, fun, and slightly addicting” (The Book Queen). When she’s not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high-school sweetheart, Marquita Valentine lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

Hello Marquita! Welcome to Roberta’s Dreamworld and thank you for your time. First of all, tell us something about yourself, both as a writer and as a person.

Hi, Roberta. Thank you so much for having me here today!

How/when did you realize you wanted to become a writer?

I’ve always been a writer, from the time I was little, and even while I taught school, I still wrote. However, I have to credit my husband with getting me to take the plunge to become an author.

Let’s speak about Take the Fall. We’ve read the synopsis but can you tell us a little more about what the book is about?

Basically, it’s about a Marine who comes home to win back the woman he left behind. There’s more than years separating them, so Seth and Rowan have a lot to work through to get their happily ever after.

How did you come up with the idea and how did you create the characters?

The idea came from the movie The Fast and The Furious, and then I just went from there. I knew Seth had to be a convict turned Marine and his heroine had to be this tough-as-nails mechanic (yep, a female mechanic) who had trust issues that was a secondary character in Melt For You—the last book in my Boys of the South series. The rest of the characters in Take the Fall sort of organically happened.

If you should describe your books in three words, what would you pick?

Sassy, Sexy, and smart

Do you have any favorite authors and did they influence your choice of the genre?

Lisa Kleypas, Rachel Gibson, Julia Quinn, Sabrina Jeffries…so many more. They really didn’t influence what genre I wrote because with the exception of Rachel Gibson, I read only historical novels written by these woman. LOL. I love historical romance—it’s my favorite genre to read when I want to relax.

What else do you enjoy doing, when you’re not writing? 

Shopping, reading, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.

As a writer do you get support from your family and friends? 

Yes, my friends and family are very supportive of what I do even if they don’t read my books.

What are your dreams and plans for your future as a writer?

To keep writing and publishing books as long as I can. I adore writing and it’s not something I can ever see myself not doing.

Would you like to say something to the readers to encourage them to read your books?

If you like sassy, smart heroines paired of with sexy heroes then you’ll enjoy my books. Plus, I have a few books that are free for readers can download and give my books a try.

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